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  • ID: I264922
  • Name: Elihu Benjamin WASHBURNE
  • RELA: 7th cousin 5x removed
  • Sex: M
  • ALIA: Elihu Benjamin /Washburn/
  • Birth: 23 SEP 1816 in Livermore, Androscoggin Co., ME
  • Event: Elected Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois BET 4 MAR 1853 AND 6 MAR 1869
  • Event: Appointed BET 5 MAR 1869 AND 16 MAR 1869 U.S. Secretary of State
  • Event: Appointed BET 1869 AND 1877 U.S. Minister to France
  • Death: 23 OCT 1887 in Chicago, Cook Co., IL
  • Event: Pic Elihu B. Washburne
  • Event: Link View on GeneaStar
  • Note:
    WASHBURNE, Elihu Benjamin, (brother of Israel Washburn, Jr., Cadwallader Colden Washburn, and William Drew Washburn), a Representative from Illinois; born in Livermore, Androscoggin County, Maine, September 23, 1816; attended the common schools; printer's apprentice; assistant editor of the Kennebec Journal, Augusta; studied law at Kents' Hill Seminary in 1836 and at Harvard Law School in 1839; was admitted to the bar in 1840; moved to Galena, Jo Daviess County, Ill., in 1840 and commenced the practice of law; delegate to the Whig National Conventions in 1844 and 1852; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1848 to the Thirty-first Congress; elected as a Whig to the Thirty-third Congress and reelected as a Republican to the eight succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1853, to March 6, 1869, when he resigned; chairman, Committee on Commerce (Thirty-fourth and Thirty-sixth through Fortieth Congresses), Committee on Appropriations (Fortieth Congress); appointed as Secretary of State in the Cabinet of President Grant, but resigned a few days afterward to accept a diplomatic mission to France; upon the declaration of the Franco-Prussian War he protected with the American flag the Paris legations of the various German states; remained in Paris during the siege and was the only foreign minister who continued at his post during the days of the Commune; protected not only Germans but all the foreigners left by their ministers; served as Minister until 1877, when he returned and settled in Chicago, Ill.; engaged in literary pursuits; died in Chicago, Ill., October 23, 1887; interment in Greenwood Cemetery, Galena, Ill.
    --- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress




    Father: Israel WASHBURN III b: 18 NOV 1784 in Raynham, Bristol Co., MA
    Mother: Martha BENJAMIN b: 4 OCT 1792 in Livermore, Androscoggin Co., ME

    Marriage 1 Adele GRATIOT b: 12 NOV 1826 in Galena, Jo Daviess Co., IL
    • Married: 31 JUL 1845 in Lafayette Co., WI
    Children
    1. Has No Children Hempstead WASHBURNE b: 11 NOV 1851 in Galena, Jo Daviess Co., IL

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